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The Hours of Pascha

Well past 3:00 in the morning on a beautiful spring day, in a church with floors spotted with candle wax and a smell of incense that seemingly permeates the soul, another service has begun. Many faithful, continuing the joyous Kingdom-like celebration, have moved to the church refectory for a great feast. It is Pascha. Now and for the next seven days, all hourly services and supplicatory prayers are superseded by one short, joyous, and enigmatically peaceful service: The Hours of Pascha. Sadly, in the next few days, we will return to everyday life, with its necessary tasks and obligations. From many accounts, a feeling of emptiness and mundanity among non-monastic Orthodox Christians is associated with this time of "going back to the world." This recording, the first by the Octet of St. Symeon Orthodox Church, aspires to aid in sustaining the joy of Pascha for as long as possible and even outside of the Paschal season in the soul of the listener. "The Hours of Pascha" features three first-time recordings in English: Aleksandr Kastalsky's Znammeny Litany Before the Lord's Prayer and Deacon Sergei Trubachev's Paschal Troparion and Exapostilarion. May the joy of Pascha be ever in our hearts as we strive to live faithful Christian lives according to God's will, to the glory of His Holy name. CHRIST IS RISEN!

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